08 October 2012

When I was a child, my parents would sometimes take me to a funfair (amusement park) in a small town called Tramore, in southeast Ireland. It featured a very old, rickety roller coaster, with one tall, alarmingly steep drop. The cars held four people, two in front, two in back. There was no actual harness for your body, just a small metal bar to hold you in place. I went on the roller coaster many times, but one ride in particular stands out. My father and younger brother were sitting together, while I was sitting by myself. The car took off, and as it turned around the bend to begin its first climb, the metal bar holding me in snapped open! And no matter how hard I pushed down on it, it wouldn't stay down! Luckily, at another funfair a few years before, I had heard a carnie telling a customer that gravity holds you in place on a roller coaster, that it was almost impossible to fall out. At the time I thought it would be really cool to test that out -- but I never thought that chance would actually fall my  way! Since there was nothing else I could do, I just held on and screamed for dear life as we climbed up... up... up... then shot to earth like a downed rocket! Obviously, since I'm here writing this, the carnie had told the truth -- gravity did hold me in. But it was still the scariest ride of my life. And probably the best because of that!

Title: Zom-B (Zom-B, #1)
Author: Darren Shan
Publisher: Little Brown For Young Readers, 192 Pages (October 16th, 2012)
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Synopsis: When news reports start appearing of a zombie outbreak in Ireland, B's racist father thinks it's a joke-- but even if it isn't, he figures, it's ok to lose a few Irish.

B doesn't fully buy into Dad's racism, but figures it's easier to go along with it than to risk the fights and abuse that will surely follow sticking up for Muslims, blacks, or immigrants. And when dodging his fists doesn't work, B doesn't hesitate to take the piss out of kids at school with a few slaps or cruel remarks.

That is, until zombies attack the school. B is forced on a mad dash through the serpentine corridors of high school, making allegiances with anyone with enough gall to fight off their pursuers.

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  1. I'm such a fan of amusement parks. Love them. Especially the older ones. Nothing more terrifying than a rickety roller coaster.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  2. ZOM-B. That is an AWESOME name for a book.

    SO glad that you, um, survived, and gravity did its job. That would terrify me to insanity probably. My stomach would fall over itself and there would not be a pretty scene... yeah, it's better if I don't think about that lol.

    Thanks for the post and giveaway!


  3. Great post, I never heard of this book until now.

  4. +JMJ+

    That's a great carnival story . . . even if it doesn't also have zombies. ;-)

  5. Zombies are getting more and more popular!


  6. Thank you so much for this giveaway!! I am a HUGE Darren Shan fan and can't wait to read these books!
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  7. oh goodness, this looks like a fun book!

  8. I love roller coasters...even though I don't get a chance to ride them very often. I still think I would completely freak out if the bar or belt didn't work! Glad you're still here and were able to prove that it's really gravity doing the work.

    mmafsmith AT gmail DOT com

  9. I love Darren Shan's books!! Thank you for the giveaway!!


  10. Great post! This book sounds interesting. Gotta love zombies. :)

  11. Not a huge fan of roller coasters (such a wussie lol), but I do love them zombies and this book sounds so grimly awesome!!! <3
    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

  12. Great guest post! Thanks so much for putting this together, Lisa :) You rock!!

    patriciamendoza AT gmail DOT com

  13. thank for the giveaway


  14. thank you for the giveaway.


  15. This book sounds awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!!


  16. That deal with the bar has happened to me before too. It wasn't my favorite ride. But it was Super Scary.

  17. Somehow I missed these before. They both sound very fun and scary.

    leyser73 at gmail dot com

  18. Zom-B sounds amazing! Going on a reading spree after my finals!!!


  19. Not really a big fan of zombies. Good luck to all you zombie lovers. :)


  20. I LOVE Darren Shan's Cirque De Freak series :) Entered!!

  21. Thank you for the giveaway and love your blog


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